Major Update #2

Update!!! After more than a year away……

The last time I’ve logged in to this account and the email account associated with this blog was sometime in the fall of 2015 after I just started my Master’s program in the US. Somehow today, as part of procrastinating my thesis writing (as everyone well knows), I came across an old email where my undergraduate professor asked for my “Top 5 List for Success at UIC” after my graduation. I immediately thought of posting this on the blog (for the past year or so I have conveniently forgot the existence because grad school occupies my mind and life 24/7), so I logged in again.

Anyway I was very surprised to see that:

#1 the total views I have per year is still on the upward trend despite me not updating for the entire of 2016

#2 I have 48 unread emails and I am extremely sorry to all of you to whom I didn’t respond to in time for your applications

#3 I cannot even begin to count the number of comments left since the fall of 2015

#4 In my last update I promised that I would be available over email (yeah and after saying that I didn’t even login for the entire of 2016….)


So I have made a decision regarding this blog…

I will not update the blog again unless there is really something important to share, but I will keep the blog as a platform for sharing information about studying in Korea which prospective students can still refer to. However, I am very sorry to say that it’s really almost impossible for me to answer to the emails now, seeing how I’ve not been able to login the entire of last year. You can still feel free to email and who knows I might have time once in a blue moon, but I really cannot make promises 😦

The reason being graduate school has really become my life. For those of you who are curious, I am pursuing my Master’s in Korean history and will graduate this May. I might proceed to PhD directly or take a gap year, but either way I cannot see myself running the blog or replying to emails on a regular basis, and I don’t want to disappoint those of you who emailed me in expectation that I’ll be able to help, but not receive any reply…

So I highly encourage you to check out my old posts, my FAQ page and useful links page and comb everything I have here! And for advice, there might be some running the blogs on my useful links page who are still active, or you could contact the universities directly.

I wish all of you the very best and I hope that my blog will be able to help you in some way 🙂

-signing off, January 2017

(PS I won’t reply to those whose apps deadline are already over, but for those who have already emailed I will try to reply to all of you who I can still help. Very sorry about that, but I might have to spend two whole days if I reply to everyone so ><)


Update for the blog

It’s been such a long time since I’ve posted, and many apologies to the countless emails and comments that I’ve yet to reply over the past 2 months or so. I’d get to them asap but if you have anything urgent you might find the FAQ page useful.

I just wanted to clarify what I’m doing now, and what I’ll do for the blog in future.

So…….I’ve actually graduated from Underwood International College this summer!! Finally the 4 years of my undergraduate studies in Korea has come to a close and I’m immensely thankful to every professor, staff and friend who’ve helped me along this unconventional (and certainly not easy) path. (Sorry but no photos because I wasn’t able to go to my own graduation ㅠㅠ)

So what am I doing now? This actually relates to why I’m so crazily busy. I spent June/July packing up my life in Korea and unpacking them in Singapore, then packing them up again for the U.S. I’ve been in the U.S. since August, studying for my Master’s degree! The jump to graduate school is weighing down on me quite a bit and I’m still adjusting to the best of my abilities, which explains my inactivity.

So what are my plans for this blog? For one, I hope that it will continue to serve as a point of information about applications to Korean universities, and while application procedures might change I hope some of my experiences will still be helpful in helping you make a decision.

Also, I will still be available over emails and comments to give advice as much as I can, but please bear with me if I’m taking forever to reply. I am trying my best but there is just simply limited time + too many emails and comments I need to get to. This is also the reason why I highly recommend you to look under the Useful Links tabs to find other blogs, because some of them have active bloggers working on them!

Lastly, if I ever find the time, I will still post about other topics such as career prospects (now based on experiences of myself and my friends who graduated), and perhaps travelling in Korea when I go back. No promises but I will try!

Before I sign off, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s been reading this blog and giving me the motivation to sustain it despite my busy schedules. It’s been a great joy for me to see many of you coming to Korea (to UIC!) and achieving your dreams, and I’m glad that I managed to help in some way. All the best to all of you who are currently in Korea already, and to future applicants, good luck and I wish the best for all of you too!